Professionals | 04/12/2017

Training on Monday

Starting the week with an edge

The training session on Monday was carried out with full intensity. Stefan Ruthenbeck was pleased with his team’s approach heading into Thursday’s Europa League match.

The objective for the new week is clear. “We made it a point to emphasize that intensity will be important and that we have to set the tone in training,” said FC interim coach Stefan Ruthenback. “You could see that the players understand the situation. They trained with an edge. This pleases me.”

The Cologne-born Ruthenback is supported not only by assistant coaches Kevin McKenna and Markus Daun, but also Max Weuthen and Dennis Morschel. The two athletic trainers are taking the places of Yann-Benjamin Kugel and Marcel Abanoz. “In the current situation it is important that we have a closely-knit unit and that we have a familiar procedure. This is why I decided to work with the training staff I know best,” said Ruthenbeck.

The team warmed up together before heading into groups with a variety of passing and match-simulation drills. In the end, a mixed group took part in 1v1 situations with shots on goal. The injured duo of Marco Höger and Dominique Heintz trained individually on the side.

Ruthenbeck has his eyes set firmly on Thursday’s match in Serbia: “We need to focus on our task at hand. We are going to Belgrade to advance to the next round of the Europa League.” FC should expect a difficult match against the league leaders of Serbian football. “It will not be a showcase of beautiful football, but a match with passion, determination, and fight,” said Ruthenbeck.

The FC players will train behind closed doors on Tuesday.

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